Archive for category Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs document reveals company’s early vision for data collection, tax powers, criminal justice

TOM CARDOSO JOSH KANE TECHNOLOGY REPORTER PUBLISHED OCTOBER 30, 2019 A confidential Sidewalk Labs document from 2016 lays out the founding vision of the Google-affiliated development company, which included having the power to levy its own property taxes, track and predict peoples movements and control some public services. The document, which The Globe and Mail has […]

Waterfront Toronto board votes to keep Sidewalk Labs’ Quayside project alive

Google sister company’s proposal has previously been criticized for lack of detail, privacy concerns CBC News · Posted: Oct 31, 2019 8:50 AM ET | Last Updated: 3 hours ago Waterfront Toronto’s board voted unanimously Thursday to move ahead into an evaluation phase of Sidewalk Labs’ proposed Quayside development  — a so-called “smart city” that would […]

Canada group sues government over Google’s Sidewalk Labs (Smart City)

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is suing three levels of government over a Google-backed plan to build a smart neighbourhood in Toronto. The association says the project is “invalid and needs to be reset”. It is run by the publicly funded Waterfront Toronto and Google-affiliated Sidewalk Labs. Privacy advocates are concerned the project will increase surveillance and outsource government responsibilities to a private corporation. Read More >>

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